If you like chocolate, this gluten free chocolate brownie pie is just for you. It's like a rich fudgy brownie combined with a decadent pecan pie. With a deep chocolate filling, crisp chopped nuts, and a soft flaky pie crust, this pie deserves to be on your holiday table!
This is possibly my favorite pie ever - bold statement, I know. But as a chocolate lover, this gluten free chocolate pie is for sure my kinda pie. I mean I love fudgy brownies...like LOVE brownies. Being knee deep in pie season I thought, why not combine the two and make a pecan brownie pie?? Yes, it is as delicious as it sounds and even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!
It's like a homemade brownie in pie form and is sure to be a crowd pleaser no natter the occasion!
This pie uses my popular dark chocolate paleo brownie recipe and my easy gluten free pie crust.
- Made gluten free, dairy free, and paleo friendly
- Sturdy and crispy gluten free pie crust
- Packed with chocolate flavor
- Perfect for the holiday season
- Can be made with store bought pie crust
Ingredients and notes
- Almond flour - Used in both the pie crust and the filling. I have a very detailed post here that shows you just how to make a gluten free pie crust with almond flour. You can swap the almond flour in the brownie filling for all purpose flour if needed.
- Tapioca flour - Also used in the pie crust. This helps to make the pie dough pliable. Swap with arrowroot starch if needed.
- Dark chocolate - The base of the brownie filling. This is my favorite baking chocolate - it's paleo-friendly and vegan too. Feel free to use semi-sweet chocolate to make this pie less rich.
- Coconut sugar - Used to sweeten the fudge brownie pie filling. Substitute with brown sugar if needed.
- Coconut oil - Gives the brownie filling that unbelievable fudgy texture. It's also used in the pie crust and needs to be solid to make the dough. Substitute with melted butter or vegan butter if needed.
- Pecans - Like little hidden gems inside the pie! Substitute with any type of nut or omit entirely if desired.
Step by step directions
This is one of the easiest homemade pies to make. If making the crust yourself, you will need a food processor or mixer for the dough, a rolling pin, and a 9 inch pie pan. For the brownie filling, you need a mixing bowl and hand mixer or a stand mixer with the whisk attachment and a small saucepan to melt the chocolate.
Step 1 : Make the pie crust.
This recipe calls for my homemade gluten free pie crust. However, if you have your own crust, feel free to use that as well!
This pie crust is almond flour based and made with only a few ingredients but it can be finicky so make sure to follow the directions closely.
Pulse the flours in the processor to mix well then add the cold coconut oil. I like to measure out the coconut oil beforehand and place it in the fridge to chill it for 15 minutes before I start making the pie.
After you have pulsed the coconut oil into the flours, there should be small pieces of dough. Turn the processor on and pour in the cold water and maple syrup. A large ball of dough should form. It will be soft and sticky.
Roll out the dough on a piece of parchment paper sprinkled with extra tapioca flour. Flip the pie pan upside down and hold it over the rolled out dough to make sure it's big enough to cover the entire pan. There should be about 2 inches of extra dough around the outer edge of the pan when you hold it upside down (this is for the edges of the pan).
Once it's rolled out and large enough to cover the pie pan, flip the dough into the pie dish quickly. The dough will break in some places but that's okay - just push it back together with your fingers.
Then use a fork to poke a few holes into the bottom of the pie crust and on the edges. This gives any air bubbles a place to escape in the oven.
We are not going to blind bake the pie crust so set the prepared crust aside while you make the filling.
Step 2 : Mix the wet brownie filling ingredients. For the brownie filling, start by melting the chocolate and coconut oil over low heat in a saucepan. Stir occasionally to prevent burning until it's nice and smooth.
Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl until nice and creamy. This can be done with a stiff whisk, with a hand mixer, or in a stand mixer. Whisk really well so coconut sugar almost dissolved into the mixture. If using a hand or stand mixer, turn it up to high speed for this step.
Whisking well is what gives the brownie filling a nice crinkly top layer so make sure to beat well.
Then pour in the melted dark chocolate mixture and stir well to incorporate.
Step 3 : Fold in the dry ingredients. Add the almond flour and cacao powder and stir until no flour clumps remain. Don't over mix this step. The batter will be fairly thick which is food - that's what makes it nice and fudgy.
Fold the chopped pecans into the batter.
Step 4 : Assemble and bake. Pour the brownie batter into the pie crust. Jiggle the pie pan a few times to even out the filling as much as possible.
Bake in the oven until set. To check if it' done, insert. toothpick into the center of the pie - if it comes out clean then the pie is done. If there is batter on the toothpick it needs a little more time in the oven.
How to serve
Let the pie cool to room temperature before serving. This pie is one of those that is great to make the day before the holiday and it's delicious the next day. We do this for Thanksgiving and make the pie Wednesday so on Thursday the oven space is reserved for turkey and all the casseroles and veggies.
When ready to serve, use a sharp knife to cut into pieces. A little disclaimer - this is a pretty rich and chocolaty pie so a smaller slice goes along way. Top each slice with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream which pair great with this gluten free chocolate pie.
To get clean edges, wipe off the knife after each cut. You can also run the knife under warm water to heat it up a bit before cutting. Just wipe the knife with a kitchen towel to remove the excess water before cutting the pie.
- Don't forget to poke a few holes in the bottom of your pie crust with a fork. This allows any air bubbles to escape in the oven. Without the holes, pockets of air could form and create cracks in your crust.
- Use high-quality chocolate. Because this is a very chocolaty pie, high-quality chocolate is a must! This brand is one of my favorites.
- This pie stores quite well and can be made ahead of time, freeing up the oven which is crucial for holiday meals. Simply bake the pie as directed and allow it to cool completely before wrapping it in plastic wrap or storing in an airtight container. It will keep for 3 - 5 days out on the counter.
- Let the pie cool before slicing it. Because the filling has some serious fudgy factor, it needs to cool down in order to set. I recommend letting it cool for at least an hour before cutting it.
Frequently asked questions
Traditional pecan pie goes usually have gluten in the pie crust. This homemade pie crust is made with almond flour and naturally gluten free.
Yes you can use a premade pie crust to make this recipe a little easier. Here is a gluten free 9 inch pie crust.
Yes, when made with dairy free chocolate this pie is free of dairy. I recommend this vegan chocolate brand and Trander Joes also has gluten free and dairy free 72% dark chocolate chips.
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- 1 gluten-free pie crust
- 2 cups dark chocolate chips - dairy free
- ⅓ cup coconut oil
- 3 eggs - room temperature
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ cup almond flour
- 2 tablespoon cacao powder
- 1 ½ cup chopped pecans
- 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt - plus more to top
- Vanilla ice cream - to top (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare the crust as directed in this post.
- Melt the chocolate and coconut oil until smooth; set aside to cool.
- In a stand-mixer or in a large bowl, beat the eggs, coconut sugar, and vanilla together until creamy in texture and almost double in size. Add the melted chocolate and mix well to incorporate.
- Add in the almond flour and cacao powder until no flour clumps remain. Fold in the chopped pecans and sea salt flakes.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pie crust (make sure you have poked holes in the bottom so air bubbles have a place to escape in the oven) and bake for 30 - 35 minutes*. The crust should be a golden brown color and the brownie filling set (it will continue to bake once removed from the oven).Check to make sure it's done by inserting a toothpick into the center of the pie - if the toothpick comes out clean it's done, if there is some chocolate on it then it needs a few more minutes in the oven.
- Let pie cool down before serving. This allows the pie to set. When ready to serve, sprinkle a little extra sea salt flakes over top followed by a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream and enjoy!
I made this for a good friend’s birthday and we all absolutely LOVED it! She’s paleo and I have found paleo desserts can be hit or miss. But this one is definitely a keeper! I used your GF crust and it was great. I toasted the pecans in a bit of ghee in a 350°F oven for 7 minutes before adding them to the filling. So good!
This pie was amazing!!!! A friend made it for me for my birthday. It was so chocolately and delicious. I will definitely be having this again!
Hi! Do you think another flour would work in place of almond? Like oat, gf multi, or coconut?
Ansley Beutler says
Hi Jillian! I haven't tried any other flours but gluten free 1:1 should work too!
Do you have to use coconut sugar?
Ansley Beutler says
Hi Sandra! You can use granulated sugar or light brown sugar.
this looks good - if I don't have access to a pie crust, can I make it with gluten free flour - any suggestions?
Ansley Beutler says
Hi! Yes, you can make your own. That's what I did! I used my gluten-free pie crust recipe.
I love this, looks delicious!! Do you think an egg substitute would work here?
Ansley Beutler says
Hi there! I have not tried this with an egg substitution. The eggs are important to get a fudgy consistency so I don't know that a flax egg would work unfortunately.
Just to be clear, does the pie crust need to be blind bake first before filling it with the brownies batter?
Ansley Beutler says
Hi Donna! No, it does not. The pie crust actually bakes with the filling so you don't need to blind bake. That's why poking holes in the bottom of the crust is important so there is space for any air to escape when it's baking.